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Name: Bernard T. Cotter
Address: 2070 Pioneer Court
  San Mateo, CA 94403-2070

Telephone:(650) 572-7933Fax:(650) 572-0834  
      

Email: bcotter@mcdlawyers.net

Fees: $250 per hour  
Other Costs:  None. No minimum, set-up or cancellation fees.

BAR Number:0030653

Attorney: xNon-Attorney Professional Mediator/Arbitrator:         Retired Judge/Justice:  

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Arbitration
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Began arbitrating uninsured motor vehicles cases in 1960. A court-appointed judicial arbitrator since 1976.
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Evaluation
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Have been evaluating civil cases of all kinds for over 44 years. have served as a pro tem settlement conference judge for over 10 years.
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SubjectPersonal Injury:xEmployment:xBusiness:xReal Estate:x
Matter:Legal Malpractice:xPublic Agency:xProbate: Construction:x
 Medical Malpractice: Environmental: Insurance:xSecurities: 
 Product Liability:xLandlord-Tenant / Neighborhood: Dental Malpractice: 
 Foreign Language(s): Intellectual Property/High Technology:  
 Accoutings:  Conservatorships/Guardianships:  Wills/Trusts: 
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B.S. from University of San Francisco in 1955, J.D. from University of San Francisco in 1958, various MCLE courses.
Mediation
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Arbitration
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Formal, facilitative, calming. Put parties at ease give them time to tell their stories. Rule on objections. Devote as much time to the case as necessary. Usually provide a written opinion.
Neutral
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Disregard insurance, reverse the parties, establish a range, sift through the range to arrive at a defensible figure.
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Engaged in active practice for over 45 years. Trial over 140 civil jury cases. Countless court trials, arbitrations, settlement conferences
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Bernard T. Cotter, a resident of San Mateo County since 1956: B.S. degree from University of San Francisco; J.D. degree from University of San Francisco School of Law. Admitted to California State Bar and the U.S. District Court in 1960; admitted to the U. S. Supreme Court in 1970.
Member of the San Mateo County Bar Assn., California Association of Defense Counsel, Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a practicing attorney since 1960, over 140 trails to completion, countless court trials, binding and non-binding arbitrations, cases tried in Sonoma, Marin, Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties, emphasis on defense of civil lawsuites. Service as a judge pro tem for the San Mateo courts and as a judicial arbitrator. AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Volunteer activities include service as editor of The Docket, the San Mateo County Bar magazine. Recipient of the Nagle Award for service to the bar in 2004.

Comments: Devote resources gained tgrough the decades to discover the DNA of a case and reach a just reusult.

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